2023 is the 50th anniversary of Secretariat's Triple Crown Victory.
Fifty years ago, Secretariat, a horse so brilliantly fast and powerful that many of his records still stand, completed his historic Triple Crown victory. Secretariat's rider was Ron Turcotte, a master of his craft who grew up as one of 14 children in the small lumberjack town of Drummond, New Brunswick.
Four other Turcottes - Noel, Rudy, Roger and Yves - followed their older brother onto North American racetracks and into the winner's circle. The Turcottes: The Remarkable Story of a Horse Racing Dynasty is the story of this family's journey from their little corner of the woods to the top of the thoroughbred racing world. Each Turcotte found outstanding success, collectively winning a staggering 8,251 races for purse earnings just shy of $60 million. The name Turcotte meant one thing in thoroughbred racing: winning.
But the jockey's life takes a toll. Each brother was in a neverending battle to maintain his riding weight. Noel, Rudy and Roger fought the bottle. And then came the losses, the injuries and the heartbreaks. The unlikely triumph of one of horse racing's greatest families was not without tragedy.
Drawing upon over 30 years of reporting and interviews, journalist Curtis Stock takes readers on an unforgettable ride through the major players and race days of thoroughbred racing. Part biography, part oral history and part creative nonfiction, The Turcottes: The Remarkable Story of a Horse Racing Dynasty is a true underdog story and sure bet for any sports fan.
About the Author
Curtis Stock is a Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee and 11-time Sovereign Award-winning writer for best thoroughbred story of the year. A sports writer for over 30 years with the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald, Stock has loved horse racing since he was in junior high school, where he would tape the Daily Racing Form into his binders. The marketing and publicity director for Northlands Park Race Track for eight years and a horse owner of several thoroughbreds, Stock is a proud father of two wonderful children, Dallas and Maia, with his wife of 30 years, Barb.